Nashville DJ Diaries | Dell Holiday Party

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Alright, y’all. Our December has. been. BUSY. In fact, if you want to talk numbers: Brad shared on Facebook earlier this week that we have logged 27 events in 2 weeks! When the schedule gets crazy, we are extra grateful over here that we can offer our clients so many things. A great example of this was Dell’s annual Holiday party, which was just this past weekend! When we began planning this year’s event with Dell, it was great to be able to check off so many of their boxes at once. We love providing one-stop-shopping for our client’s events. Anything we can do to alleviate some of your party planning headache is a win in our book.

So, although we have so much on our plates this month, we wanted to take a quick pause to share photos from Dell’s Holiday party with you all and highlight the many things we were able to provide in order to give their guests the best (and most fun) experience possible. Scroll to see some of our party pics:

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At this event, Snyder provided:

-The Step & Repeat Backdrop for Photos

-3 Social Booths and Roamers

-Lots and lots of Gorgeous Lighting

-Great music (of course) through a Video DJ

We would love to party with you next! With all of the details that must be organized to plan a successful event, why run around to dozens of different vendors if you don’t have to? Of all of the things we can provide, what does your next party need? Check out our services page, and then be sure to contact us!


Winter is Coming: What to Consider when Planning Indoor Events

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December is in full swing, which means chillier temps are here. While the cold weather is a nice change of pace after a long, hot summer, it add some extra snags in event-planning when everything needs to be inside. But, the holidays are one of the most popular party planning times of the year! So, how do you pull off a great event when you can’t utilize the outdoors? Today we have a few tips that should help!

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  1. Start with the essentials.

    What will you absolutely need to make your event a success? It’s winter, so you will likely need somewhere for guest’s coats to be stored. Do you need a dance floor? Space for mingling? A bar? Buffet tables?

    Map out all of the things you will absolutely need and look at the space you will still have to work with. You can make sure the furniture fits with enough space to move between, and see what else you could work in. Is there room for a full photo booth?

  2. Walk through your venue as a guest.

    After you have things set up, take a quick walk-through of your party as if you were attending. Enter the front doors of your venue and walk through all of the steps you anticipate your guests taking, but imagine the room already full of people. Is it clear where guests can put their coats or purses? Are restrooms accessible and easy to see? Is there space for a line to form near the bar area or food tables without clogging up much-needed space. Walk yourself through the evening of a typical party-goer to make sure there aren’t any needs you haven’t taken care of.

    You can also take this time to walk through the event with a fresh set of eyes on the way the room looks. Outdoor events are so forgiving when it comes to decor: you have so many natural elements that can make even the simplest venue pretty. When everything is inside a room with bare, white walls, you will want to take a step back after all of the work is done to make sure you don’t have any parts of the room that seem over-looked.

  3. Want to personalize? Stay off the floor.

    If you feel limited by the space you are in, think of ways to add decor and personal touches in ways that won’t add bulk to the room or take up the floor plan. For example, if you have limited space to work with already, this is not the event to add a massive photo booth. A social roaming booth may be optimal for your needs.

    Personalized napkins, tabletop decor, monogrammed lighting, projectors, wall decor…thinking that decor should go up and above where your guests need to be standing and moving around adds layers of interest to a room and frees up space to move around.

    Also, cozy lighting can make a room feel warmer and more intimate without adding much bulk to the room at all. We recently posted about how important quality lighting is, and how much it can do for a room!

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As you plan your events this winter, use these tips to pull your parties off without a hitch! Your guests will thank you, and you’ll be able to hear them, because you’ll be enjoying your evening instead of running around putting out logistical fires! ;)

If you need help with custom lighting, party design, or (of course) music this winter, contact us to get our take on what we can do for your event!

What Great Lighting Can do for Your Holiday Event

The subjects of music and the role of a strong DJ get a lot of air time around here, for good reason. Providing you with great music for your event is the heart and soul of what we do. But we aren’t just a team of DJs here. We plan and execute events that will make all of your dreams come true, and there is lot more that goes into a party like that than simply music! We believe that the way your room looks is just as important.

With December rapidly approaching, holiday parties are around every corner. If you’re anything like us, your calendar is filling up by the day. You may even be planning to host a party or two yourself! We wanted to give you a little party planning pro-tip: don’t forget lighting.

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Lighting sets the mood for what type of event you want it to be: the ways the lights look will invoke a feeling in each of your guests. They may walk into your event and feel invited to get up and mingle or dance. They may walk in and see a more intimate setting with dimmed lighting, and feel that they should be find a place to get comfortable. Whatever event you have dreamed up in your head, the lighting is what will make that clear to your guests before anything else.

Lighting can also personalize your event. For corporate events, projecting your logo on the wall or dance floor can add that personal flair to the room. Maybe you have colors you want to incorporate (some red and green, maybe?). Whatever will make the room look like you were the person or company behind the planning can be accomplished with lighting!

Finally, lighting highlights the important things you want to showcase, which takes a blank canvas of a room and turns it into something more interesting and complete. A room can feel more full by placing uplighting around decor. This way, even if every square inch isn’t decorated, you can give your guests the feeling of being in a very complete, thoughtfully-designed room simply by highlighting a few pieces. But better than that, you can show off the pieces of your event that you think are the most important and you don’t want anyone to miss!

So, as you pull together your parties in the next few weeks, don’t forget to pay attention to your lighting! It can be the thing that really elevates your event and makes it a night to remember for everyone this holiday season.

We have a page on our website all about our lighting design services, with even more photos than you see here (and a video!). Take a look at what we can do, and contact us if you have any lighting needs that we can take care of!

What is Team Snyder Thankful For?

 Whitney Cadavid for Snyder Entertainment

Whitney Cadavid for Snyder Entertainment

With Thanksgiving only a few days away, we thought it was only appropriate to be a little reflective and think about we are thankful for here at Snyder Entertainment. There is no better person to speak for the heart of our company than our fearless leader, Bradley Ford.

We got Brad to write out this thoughts about what Snyder has accomplished this year, and what he is thankful for. He perfectly captured the way we all feel. Keep scrolling to read his answers!

What are you thankful for this year when you think about Snyder?

I have a lot to be thankful for this year.  Snyder Entertainment has been a huge part of my life for 5 and a half years.  It started out for me to be a way to earn extra money.  And very quickly went from extra money to full time money to a career all the way to being a business owner in just 5 years.  It has become a center in my life of friendships and family.  A sense of pride for me.  Even before I actually owned the business I always felt a sense of ownership in it.  I’m thankful because I get to entertain and be with people on some of the happiest days of their lives and because of that I get to support my family doing something I love.  I’m thankful that people all over world have something to celebrate and the fact that I’m busy means that there’s so much good out there.  


 Whitney Cadavid for Snyder Entertainment

Whitney Cadavid for Snyder Entertainment

What about the team are you thankful for?

I’m so thankful for the team we have in place.  This is the largest group of new blood we have ever had.  But we still have some tenured people on board.  We are all kind of figuring things out and I’m thankful that we don’t just have some club DJ’s pretending to be able to do the bigger events and weddings.  I strongly believe everyone one this team really cares about the clients and getting to know the clients….and ultimately wants to do an amazing job.  That’s so rare which is reason why we are a slow growing company.  It’s so hard to find entertainment talent that really wants to put in the time and make the relationship.  If it were easy we wouldn’t turn away 50 events a year because we are booked up.  There is something so unique about every single member and they are all so different from each other.  I love that.  I know that in moving forward these are the kind of guys I want to be surrounded by, representing my name and brand, and to just be friends with.  These guys make me happy so because I am so thankful to have them I want to do my best to push them and train them and help the fulfill any goals that they have in the future.  

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Photo C/O The Tennesseean

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What experiences have you or the company had this year that have meant a lot to you?

Over the last couple of years we saw a big jump in corporate business.  This has been a goal of mine and I’m over the top thankful to those corporate planners who have started to put their trust in us.  It means more than I can say.  I LOVE being the guy that gets all the weird questions.  That means someone, somewhere thinks I can find a way to pull it off and that is exciting.  On the personal side of things I’m thankful for partners who year after year continue to ask us to be a part of their business.  I have always believed in a win-win relationship, and I always try to keep that goal in front of me.  We have done some big events this year like Snap On Tools, Bad Boy in Biloxi, Amway and all these events have really pushed us to be creative, sharp and results driven.  We have had to learn some things.  I had to buy confetti canons.  I mean don’t think I’m not thankful for that! 

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Darling Juliet Photography

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So there you have it folks. Brad said what we all were feeling: we’re thankful for each other and our team; we’re thankful for what we get to experience by working at different events, and we’re thankful for you all as our fabulous clients.

2018 isn’t over yet, but we’re already looking ahead to 2019 and what it will hold for us. We hope that you will choose to bring us into your future events and special occasions!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Friendsgiving Songs to Make You Feel Warm and Fuzzy

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Ahhhh Friendsgiving. This new tradition has quickly climbed to the top of popular holiday lists everywhere. Thanksgiving is amazing in its own right, but it can cause some people to feel a little bit of dread. You want the awesome food, and you want to be with people you love, but you don’t want your uncle to ask you who you voted for and spark a political debate.

Friendsgiving is the best of both worlds. You get the yummy food, but you get to curate the guest list yourself. It’s a dream! (Not that family isn’t amazing…but you know what we mean.)

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As this holiday has grown in popularity, it has become more of an annual event for many people, which can require more formal planning. Some people go so far as to treat their Friendsgiving as their main Thanksgiving! If nothing else, a meal with friends definitely requires the perfect playlist…and we’ve got you covered over here at Snyder Entertainment!

Whether this playlist serves as inspiration to get you started, or you just want to play and loop for the night, this mix of songs will put you in the mood to celebrate good food, a chill in the air, and (most importantly) good friendship.

So, who here is hosting a Friendsgiving this year? How can Snyder help you?

Nashville DJ Diaries | Brittany & Jason Aldean Baby Shower

You all know how much we love to share what we have been up to behind the scenes, and today we have a pretty cool story to share.

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Darling Juliet Photography

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Darling Juliet Photography

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Darling Juliet Photography

Jason Aldean, and his wife Brittany Aldean’s baby shower was featured in People Magazine this week, and Snyder Entertainment was excited to be named alongside some fantastic vendors!

The expectant couple (of baby #2) had a beautiful shower at Allenbrooke Farms in Spring Hill, TN. Along with a host of other vendors (listed below), they needed a DJ for the event. They went with Snyder-specifically, our very own Bradley Ford.

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Darling Juliet Photography

Event Specifics:

Venue/Rentals/Planning/Photo Booth: Allenbrooke Farms

Photographer: Darling Juliet

Floral/Custom Art/Balloon Design: Foxglove and Heather

Catering: Dannie Holmes Catering

Cake: Copper Whisk Cakes

Signage/Invites: The Artisan Abode

Bar Staff: Simply Southern Occasions

Neon Sign: Shop Narwall

 Darling Juliet Photography

Darling Juliet Photography

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Darling Juliet Photography

What a beautiful shower. And what an amazing opportunity for so many talented Nashville creatives to get together and show off what they do best! We wish all of the best to the growing Aldean family!

Contact Snyder today to reserve a top-shelf DJ for your next event!





How to Host the Perfect Halloween Party

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It’s Halloween week! We love Halloween over here. We especially love when we’re invited to serve a part in your Halloween parties. The truth is, we are more than just DJs over here at Snyder. We help plan, prep, and execute amazing parties and events every week. So, as you are fine-tuning your Halloween party plans this week, here are a few things to consider.

1.) Get Theme-y with Props

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It’s Halloween, so you likely have asked your guests to dress up. If you want them to really get into the spirit, they should be met with a room that is as dressed up as they are. Halloween is not the time to be skimpy with a theme. After all, the theme is already done for you…no planning required! You just need plenty of props to make the theme feel real to your guests. Strategically decorate the areas that you know your guests will be spending more time at. That way, you don’t have to break the bank decorating every square inch of a room, but your guests will feel like you did.

Also, photo booths are a great way to get your guests interacting with some of the props, and they add another layer of entertainment to your event!

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2.) Set the Mood with Cool Lighting

A Halloween party that is too bright can stifle the spirit of your events. You want guests to really feel the Halloween vibes as soon as they walk in. Along with props, this can be achieved with some creepy lighting. Keep things dim, and cast some different colored lights around the room. You can use lights to highlight the important things in your events (think: food, DJ Booth, Dance floor, etc.), and show off all of the creepy props and staging we references in point number 1. Casting shadows on other parts of the room creates a creepy effect, but also makes the negative space in the room less visible, so you don’t have to decorate every square inch.


3.) Let the music serve a purpose

If you’ve hung out with us on the blog for a while, you know that we feel like poorly-planned music can be the death of a good party. Whether you choose to hire a DJ, or you simply want to press play on your phone, be intentional about the flow of the music! You want your guests to be entertained!

If you need the perfect Halloween playlist for your get-together, see our post about one we already have ready for you!

As we already mentioned, we are party people here at Snyder! Whether you need custom-made props, great lighting, an emcee, or more…we have the people and ideas for you!

Contact us today to see how we can help you!






Halloween Party Playlist

Halloween: a time for ridiculous costumes, sugar comas and, of course, killer music. (No pun intended). Halloween music doesn’t have a big reputation on its own. It only has one true day to shine, which makes it even more important that we all bust out the spookiest, creepiest tunes on October 31st!

Whether you will be throwing a Halloween party of your own, pre-gaming at your house before attending someone else’s, or simply sitting in the carpool line before you get your kid’s in their costumes next week, you will need the perfect playlist to set the spooky mood.

Our very own Bradley Ford created the perfect Halloween Mix for us all. It includes a wide array of songs that range from Halloween classics like Thriller and The Exorcist theme, to more current hits (think: Black Widow). What we promise is that you won’t hear hours of the Monster Mash on Halloween night, and that is a good thing! Click the link below to listen!

What are your Halloween plans? Or are you looking ahead to future holidays already?

How can Snyder help?

Share what you love about the playlist with us in the comments, on Facebook, or on Instagram!

Nashville DJ Diaries | Bad Boy Mowers Dealer Event

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Every once in a while, we like to take a break from event tips and advice, and show you what we’ve been up to lately. At the end of last month, Snyder Entertainment had the pleasure of serving as one of the vendors at the Bad Boy Mowers Annual Dealer Meeting, hosted in Biloxi, MS, hosted at the Beau Rivage Resort and Convention Center.

It. Was. A. Party.

The dealer’s meeting was a three-day convention, that ended with a bang. Attendees were invited on the final night to a “Vacation Movie” themed party, where National Lampoon-themed costumes were encouraged. The theme was boldly embraced, and the result was exactly as wild as you’d expect a National Lampoon party to be. Scroll to see the photos and vendors we partnered with on this epic event!

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  Wacky Games Casino Tables designed by Snyder Entertainment

Wacky Games Casino Tables designed by Snyder Entertainment

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  Pig in a Poke Trivia Game provided by Snyder Entertainment

Pig in a Poke Trivia Game provided by Snyder Entertainment

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  Comedian,    Gary Jenkins   , kept guests laughing as Cousin Eddie

Comedian, Gary Jenkins, kept guests laughing as Cousin Eddie

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  Our very own Brad Ford making magic happen at the DJ booth on stage

Our very own Brad Ford making magic happen at the DJ booth on stage

  Snyder provided a Social Roamer photo booth for the event.

Snyder provided a Social Roamer photo booth for the event.

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Snyder was honored to serve this event by not only providing musical entertainment, but giving the event extra flair with custom-made Wacky Game Board tables, actors who led the casino games, a custom Pig-in-a-Poke Trivia game, a green screen with European Vacation backdrops for photos, a social roamer photo booth, canons stocked with plenty of confetti and streamers, and plenty of good music.

We’re not just DJs here at Snyder, we’re party planners and all-around entertainers. It was exciting to partner with these other vendors to make this party the success that it was:

Photography: Whitney Cadavid for Snyder Entertainment

Event Planner: PRA Nashville

Props and Decor: White Door Events

Want to feel like you were there partying with us? Check out Brad’s 80s playlist for this awesome evening!

Looking for some extra assistance with planning and executing your next event? We’re here to help you take it to the next level!

Fall has Arrived

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Football, warmer clothes, corn mazes, pumpkin. spice. everything. Fall has arrived, and we couldn’t be more happy about it! We all took a moment this week to reflect on what we love about this season to share with you all. Nashville has no shortage of fall activities and events (can you say HOCKEY SEASON??) to offer, but fall brings its own inspiration, no matter what city you’re in!

Check out some of the things the guys on our team love most about fall, and be sure to read to the end to check out a fall playlist!

”For me, fall means one thing, the start of Hockey Season! One of my other gigs is working for the Nashville Predators as a member of the 'Energy Team' and it's always great to get to spend time with my hockey family!" -Zack McCann

“Things I love about fall: Long motorcycle rides through the country, cold mornings, festivals, crisp nights, hikes through Radnor Lake, reading outdoors, etc.” -Chase Akers

“I’m gonna say seasonal scented candles, apple cider, and pumpkins.” -Jay Psanis

“In the fall, my family and I live for hockey! My son plays for the Jr. Preds, and we love going to Preds games!” -Casey Davis

“I remember fall becoming my favorite season around 5th or 6th grade.  I started to realize that everything started to feel different and smell different.  We were always having people over and doing campfires so that smell of something burning became really important to me for some reason haha.  But I think I mostly just enjoy the change of the leaves and the coolness in the air in the mornings.  

Favorite Fall Drink:  Octoberfest Beer

Favorite Activity:  Going to a Fall Festival

Favorite Song: Can’t choose, so I made a playlist for my last fall party.”

-Brad Ford

What on that list resonates with you? Fall candles? Preds Hockey? Being outside more? Listen to Brad’s playlist and share with us what you love most about fall! What events do you have lined up for later this season or next? Be sure to reach out to our team to get ahead on planning and make your big day the best it can be!

Follow us on Instagram to see what events we can be spotted at this Fall!